Off The Cuff

Are the new plant meats okay?

A number of students have recently asked for my opinion on the new plant burgers – the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Meat Burger. I’ve actually not tasted either and probably never will.        I do think both are excellent alternatives for the many who eat fast food meats, meat that consistently comes from poorly raised and poorly fed animals. Poor quality animal products are, in my opinion, one of

Beware of the vegan diet – NOT

      An article warning of the dangers of going vegan is attracting a lot of interest.[1] The theory is that vegans run a real risk of not getting enough of the amino acid choline to sustain decent brain function.       This piece does not mention a large recent review study by Mayo Clinic physicians who concluded that “Contrary to popular belief, ‘vegans have not been shown to be deficient in protein intake

This sugar is not a sugar!!

      Those following the TQI Diet diligently read ingredient labels in order to avoid added sugar. Our government has now made avoiding those sugars much more difficult.       Allulose is a fructose relative that lacks calories, is almost as sweet tasting as white sugar (70% as sweet), and has GRAS approval (e.g., it has been grandfathered in without safety testing). One ad in a magazine for food manufactures uses large lettering in

The Anti-Lectin Diets

I am frequently asked for my thoughts on two diets that focus on eliminating lectins, the Dr. Gundry “Plant Paradox” and the Dr. Myer’s “Autoimmune Solution.” I am very skeptical of both.             Without delving too deeply, consider that both diets suggest we eliminate all grains, legumes, and nightshades because the lectins in those foods inflame the intestinal lining which in turns creates a “leaky gut” situation that allows lectins to

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